During the next two years, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut will help 230 local women who are unemployed or under-employed through the Beyond Jobs Program, funded by the Walmart Foundation.
The Beyond Jobs Program is designed to provide women with all the tools they need to find employment, succeed in the workplace and support their families. Each woman in the program will receive a career assessment that includes job training, placement services and additional support to help them achieve economic security, advance in their careers, and support themselves and their families in the long term.
Beyond Jobs program participants will receive financial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.
Touching a life
Yoskary, a single unemployed mother, is one of the programs first participants. When working for a temp agency didn’t meet her needs, Yoskary decided to find a new career. She was referred to Goodwill’s Bridgeport Career Center for assistance in finding employment and it was here she learned about the Beyond Jobs Program.
While she works at the Goodwill Career Center almost daily to improve her typing and computer skills, the Beyond Jobs Program is assisting her with education, money management, career planning, customer service certification and job-seeking skills.
Once she finds a job, Goodwill will provide follow-up services to help her succeed and advance. “At Goodwill, I found the support I needed so I didn’t give up,” Yoskary said.
Walmart’s initiative to help women
The Beyond Jobs Program is part of the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative at Walmart, established to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households with workforce readiness through job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring.
The local nonprofit Goodwill provides employment and support services to the community. Last year, the organization assisted 15,500 people. Learn more at www.gwct.org.